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Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh was subjected to pressure in pre-detention centre and requires a meeting with Ukrainian ombudsmen

According to the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) yesterday, on 23 January the lawyer of Vladimir Balukh was able to meet at the hearing with his client. The lawyer said that Vladimir Balukh’s face has traces of physical impact. It says that the Ukrainian activist is under pressure in pre-detention centre №1 of Simferopol. In this regard, Mr. Balukh and his lawyer insist on a meeting with the Ukrainian Ombudsman Valeria Lutkovska.

At the yesterday’s meeting “Supreme Court” of Crimea considered the lawyer’s complaint about the unlawfulness of the search of the house of Balukh in April 2015. During this search, the flag was removed from the roof of Ukrainian activist. The official reason for the search was a statement of the unknown person that Baluch allegedly have stolen the parts from the tractor. The appeal of the lawyer was not satisfied by the “court”.

Earlier, the Crimean Human Rights Group reported that Vladimir Balukh is in urgent need of medical care, as in pre-detention centre chronic diseases aggravated, and on 28 December last year they have to call an ambulance.

Vladimir Balukh is imprisoned since 8 December, 2016. CHRG experts say that the Crimean “court” doesn’t have any grounds for holding activist Baluch in pre-detention centre and the prosecution of Ukrainian activist is politically motivated. According to experts of the CHRG, Vladimir Balukh is deprived of his liberty unlawfully and solely because of his pro-Ukrainian views.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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